Welcome to Saint-Petersburg!

We are glad to see you in Saint-Petersburg - one of the grateast and the most beautiful European cities. It's also known as "Northern Venice", "City of three revolutions", "Northern capital" of Russia and Europe.

There are 4000 outstanding monuments of architecture, history and culture in St.-Petersburg. St.-Petersburg is not only open-air museum, but also the embodiment of the last three hundred years of Russian history. The construction of city began in 1703. The emperor Peter the First accepted the decision to build new capital open to sea winds and to the European trends.

Unlike other Russian cities, St.-Petersburg used to become an object of philosophical reflections, a place of action in novels and a hero of poems. All newest developed in art - from Gogol up to Russian rock occurred here.

The best Russian writers from Pushkin up to Dovlatov lived here, on the bank of river Neva. St.-Petersburg State University is included in ten best universities in Europe. Mariinsky theatre and the Hermitage are much known in the world of art.

In the Soviet Union St.-Petersburg was renamed. It became Leningrad, which is "the city of Lenin". The most tragical page in a history of Leningrad is a period of blockade. In September 1941 armies of the Nazys surrounded the city, trying to cut the arteries of food supply. By the end of war the population of Leningrad incredibly decreased - about 600 thousand of people died of famine, tens thousand were evacuated. Hitler supposed to erase Leningrad from the Earth. Succesfully, it never happened. St.-Petersburg - Leningrad is a sole large European city, on the territory of which the foot of enemy had never come.

The end of June, when the International Students' Games will take place, is a magic period of so called "white nights" in St.-Petersburg. It's as light outside in the night as in the afternoon. The darkness does not come. You can even read anything on the street at night, for example the newspaper "Sport. Day after day".